Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling

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Linus Pauling was the most important chemist, and arguably the most important American scientist, of the 20th century. From his description of the chemical bond to his discovery of the cause of sickle-cell anemia and his groundbreaking work with vitamin C, his work stretched the boundaries of chemistry, physics, biology, immunology, and more. Acclaimed science writer Tom Hager brings Pauling's wide range of scientific accomplishments vividly to life while also shedding light on Pauling's activities outside the scientific realm. He shows how Pauling used his popularity to advance political causes, particularly his opposition to the spread of nuclear weapons during the 1950s. Despite the troubles his political activism caused him, he remained unmoved in his dedication to making the world a safer place. His perseverance was rewarded with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1963, which along with his 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, made him the only person in history to win two unshared Nobels. Oxford Portraits in Science is an on-going series of scientific biographies for young adults. Written by top scholars and writers, each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as the thought process leading to his or her discoveries. These illustrated biographies combine accessible technical information with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural world.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 142 pages
  • 175.26 x 248.92 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195108531
  • 9780195108538
  • 2,019,067

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"In this well-written biography...the life of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling proves a captivating and inspiring story."--Kirkus Reviews"This well-written biography...is truly a portrait of a 'scientific giant.' Pauling's research achievements in chemistry, physics, biology, and medicine are clearly discussed in relation to his life...fine coverage... The extensive list of further reading by and about the Nobel Prize winner and his political and scientific interests will be useful to students stimulated by this engaging title."--School Library Journal"The author... has done an excellent job in capturing the essence of this complex and controversial genius in a single slim, highly readable volume.... This book is easy to read, is well illustrated, and contains a useful compilation of further readings. I recommend it highly."--Science Books & Films"A contemporary, insightful, and honest portrayal... Hager intertwines details of Pauling's personal life...with a readable retelling of his numerous scientific accomplishments."--The Horn Book Guideshow more

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